The horror genre has played host to many iconic actors over the decades, ranging all the way from classic Universal Studios icons like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi to more recent genre favorites like Tobin Bell and Bill Moseley.
Easily the most famous horror icon to come out of the 1980s is Robert Englund, who brought dream-stalking boogeyman Freddy Krueger to life in eight A Nightmare on Elm Street films, as well as the short-lived Freddy’s Nightmares TV series.
As both fun and frightening as Englund has been in the Freddy role, another big reason he’s so beloved is that he’s just as charismatic in real life. Englund is renowned for his love of the fans, and is a regular at horror conventions.
While Englund has said several times in recent years that he has no plans to ever play the Freddy role again, fans continue to wish and hope that he’ll eventually change his mind. During a recent chat with EW though, Englund once again seemed to slam the door on that possibility.
“I’m too old to do another Freddy now. If I do a fight scene now it’s got to be real minimal because I can’t snap my head for eight different takes and different angles. My spine gets sore. I can still be mean and scary, but I’m mostly relegated now to sort of Van Helsing roles, old doctors and s—. So it’s fun that the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience.”
Englund is of course referring to the end of Freddy vs. Jason, in which Jason is seen carrying Freddy’s decapitated head out of Crystal Lake, only for Freddy to shoot a knowing wink at the viewer.
Englund is 70, so in many ways, he probably is objectively too old for the role. Still, with today’s advanced special effects, some fans wonder why a combination of stunt doubles and digital effects couldn’t be used – along with Englund’s famous face, voice, and walk – to allow him to play Freddy one more time.
Whether or not such an idea could be successfully accomplished, the harsh truth is that Englund clearly doesn’t want to come back to playing Freddy, and nothing anyone says is likely to convince him to do so.
As Englund also told EW, “when you’ve survived as long as I have and you see that, you can be real happy that you got 20 years as Freddy Kruger, you know?”